School-College Partnerships


The City University of New York's commitment to the education of all New Yorkers begins long before the start of college. Through a variety of collaborative programs, CUNY invests substantial human and financial resources in service to the city's public school students and out-of-school youth. The work CUNY does with the NYC public schools through the Office of Academic Affairs is known collectively as School-College Partnerships.<read more>
Currently, School-College Partnerships include CUNY-sponsored or affiliated schools; programs with pre-college and college courses and activities, academic advising and support services; and arts projects. The Office of Academic Affairs manages these efforts in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and other organizations.



College Now

CUNY's largest collaborative program, enlisting 18 colleges and nearly 425 NYC public high schools in its mission to help prepare students for success in college. The program provides a variety of opportunities, including college-credit courses, college-preparatory courses and activities, experiential-based summer programs, and access to campus facilities and cultural offerings. >>



Collaborative Programs Curriculum & Professional Development

While rigorous and engaging curricula provide an important foundation for our programs, we also focus on creating supportive structures for teachers and advisors. Our pre-college curricula is defined by thoughtful scaffolding and sequencing of assignments, support for the development of academic literacies and conceptual understanding, and the use of instructional strategies such as modeling and Cognitive Apprenticeship. >>



CP STEM Initiatives

With growing recognition of the importance of strengthening pre-college STEM education, Collaborative Programs and College Now play vital roles in leading initiatives, establishing collaborations, and overseeing important STEM activities aimed at promoting interest and increasing the number of students in the STEM pipeline most prominently through the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). >>



Creative Arts Team

(CAT) is an international leader in the arts-in-education field, providing participatory drama workshops and residency programs to more than 15,000 young people, teachers, and parents each year. In addition to direct service and professional development programs, CAT promotes and disseminates its unique methodology through the M.A. in Applied Theatre, in partnership with CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. >>



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Early College Initiative

The Early College Initiative at CUNY develops and supports innovative public schools in New York City that provide students from a broad range of backgrounds the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree (or up to two years of transferable college credit) at no cost to students and the their families. The schools are designed to provide this opportunity to students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Each of CUNY's 17 early college schools is developed in partnership with a CUNY college, offering a coherent program of study to ensure students' success in high school, college and beyond. >>



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CUNY Prep

(CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School Program) —renamed the Dr. Derrick Griffith CUNY Preparatory School in June 2015 to honor its founding principal— is a full-time, year-round academic program that provides youth between the ages of 16 and 18 with an alternative pathway to college. CUNY Prep is committed to helping students who have stopped out of traditional high schools to develop the academic, personal, and social skills necessary for success in higher education, expanded life opportunities, and active participation in community and civic affairs. >>



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CUNY LINCT to Success

CUNY LINCT (Lessons in Navigating College Transition) to Success is a comprehensive, school-based program designed to support student, teachers, and counselors in NYC public schools. The program goals include: supporting the deeper development of academic literacy and math skills, and providing resources for HS teachers and counselors to help students navigate the college application and matriculation process. CUNY LINCT continues to work with students who matriculate at a CUNY community college through our partnership with CUNY Strive for Success.>>



CUNY Affinity Group

The CUNY Affinity Group supports a network of NYC public schools that share a commitment to preparing ALL students for success in college and/or their chosen career path. The CUNY Affinity Group fosters teacher and leader growth through convening educators from across the network to learn from and with one another. The CUNY Affinity Group offers individualized and responsive services to meet the diverse needs of each school, including instructional coaching, curriculum development support, and access to CUNY Collaborative Programs and initiatives. The Affinity Group routinely looks at common and uncommon measures of student success to assess efforts and refine the work. >>

Research & Evaluation

CUNY Collaborative Programs work with the Office of Resesarch, Evaluation and program Support to better understand program trends and outcomes through research and program evaluation. Click here for statistics on some of our programs.


Contact Us

CUNY Affinity Group: alan.dichter@cuny.edu

College Now: collegenow@cuny.edu

CP STEM Initiatives and NYCSEF: nycsef@cuny.edu

CP Curriculum and Professional Development: cunycp@cuny.edu

CUNY LINCT to Success: linct2success@cuny.edu

CUNY Prep: info@cunyprep.org

Early College Initiative: brian.donnelly@cuny.edu

Creative Arts Team: chris.tokar@cuny.edu